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WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - As international trade talks continue to intensify, the negotiator responsible for America's agricultural interests told reporters this week that a deal with trading partners along the Pacific Rim could be reached sooner rather than later.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - House Republicans have taken the lead in moving legislation to stop the Obama administration from implementing its rule to redefine what streams, ditches, ponds and other features are regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA) as (waters of the United States) (WOTUS).
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Urging the swift adoption of commercial drone use regulations, agricultural stakeholders are telling the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that they would like the agency to relax some of its proposed restrictions on the operation of so-called Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), most notably limits on operating range.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - The poultry industry's conversion toward more space for each laying hen is another California-hatched trend spreading its wings and settling in for the long term across the country.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Chipotle made news this week with its pronouncement that it has gone GMO free, making it the first fast-food chain to do so. But the company isn't quite free of biotechnology - not even close.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Without much fanfare, the Humane Society of the U.S. in January announced the creation of a (Faith Advisory Council) of academics and leaders of several religious denominations, tasked with (reminding people to be responsible stewards and caretakers of God's creation.)
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - On the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to the California raisin marketing order, business and consumer groups renewed long-standing criticism of federal milk marketing orders. A coincidence?
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Without comment, the Supreme Court of the U.S. this week declined to hear an appeal by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and several member cooperatives of a lower court's decision to grant (class action) status for a suit challenging its herd retirement program.
Multiple initiatives are playing out in global trade development. Atlantic,
Pacific, APEC, and Latin regions of the globe are all discussing multilateral
and bilateral trade arrangements to enhance economic opportunities.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - It's a big day for 50 small towns in rural America. As quarterfinalists in the $10 million ‘America's Best Communities' competition, each community will win $50,000 to develop comprehensive revitalization plans.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 -- Health officials today confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in two wild birds in McCracken County, Kentucky, a day after five outbreaks were reported at commercial poultry farms in Iowa. A new outbreak of the H5N2 strain was also confirmed in a flock of 27,000 turkeys in Stearns County, Minnesota, the biggest turkey producing state.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - After the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus
(PEDv) ravaged American hog numbers and supply, a recent report shows that the
elevated prices that resulted may be coming back to earth.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack expressed concerns today that continued cuts in USDA's operating budget
is straining the ability of those who work for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to keep doing their jobs well.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - Farm broadcasters report on critical issues
impacting the daily lives of U.S. farmers and ranchers. Rural audiences
continue to count on radio for their daily news stories, and the winner of The
Doan is dedicated to providing timely news to her audience.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 - Five Department of Agriculture leaders spoke with members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting earlier today, and all gave notable remarks about programs critical to their respective agencies.
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015- In a letter to House offices today, 373 producer groups, processors, biotech providers, and food companies representing the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, asked Congress members to support a bill that would provide federal food labeling standards for genetically engineered products.
BURLINGTON, VT., April 27, 2015 - U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss rejected the food industry's petition to stop Vermont's plan to require labeling on some genetically-modified foods, but has also decided not to dismiss the case - setting the stage for ongoing legal battles.
WASHINGTON, April 26, 2015 - The Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade pact will be high on the agenda as Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week to meet with President Obama and
speak to a joint session of Congress
April 27, 2015 - USDA announced today that it would provide $285 million,
authorized by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, to
support local schools and roads in 41 states and Puerto Rico.
This week's guest on Open Mic is US Senator Heidi Heitkamp. As an outspoken advocate for agriculture and rural America, the North Dakota Democrat was instrumental in crafting the 2014 farm bill and now has proposed legislation to address uncertainty over renewable fuels and waters of the US as well as expanding trade with Cuba. In this interview Senator Heitkamp shares her thoughts on food labeling and outlines senate debate over Trade Promotion Authority for President Obama. While trade dominates the legislative agenda this week, Heitkamp hopes for timely action on the highway trust fund, the export-import bank and national security issues.